Archive for the ‘Aircraft’ Category

  We are being told to self-isolate in New Zealand. Although we got into the country just before the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, brought in compulsory 14 day isolation for visitors, she’s now suggesting we should self-isolate anyway. The reason we made this trip to Julie’s home town for the first time in seven years […]


The Global Coronavirus Pandemic is just one of a series of unfortunate events that Julie and I are dealing with right now. Things started to go wrong in early February when we realised the extent of the COVID 19 outbreak in China. The first part of our holiday, which we’d booked months earlier, had us […]


The Navy Lark

02Mar20

  Innocence gets corrupted when you grow up. I’ve had to reframe an important childhood memory. It all came back to me this week because of the visit to Liverpool of the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. Thousands of people went on board over the weekend. It reminded me of the […]


Tree of Life

17Mar18

Have you ever thought about how amazing trees are? I know you’re going to think I’ve lost my mind but I’m starting to get the feeling that spending time with trees might be the key to greatness. Percy Shaw is the man who invented “cat’s eyes”, the reflectors you see at night in the road […]


There’s a sports car on the way to Mars! It’s the most exciting thing to happen in space since we sent people to the moon. I watched the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy last night and it was mind blowing. When the two booster rockets landed simultaneously it looked like a scene from Thunderbirds. […]


London Calling

04Jan18

In the latest episode of my show for America, it’s the second part of my chat with retired NASA astronaut, Terry Virts. Colonel Virts talks about his scariest moment on the International Space Station and why NASA’s Deep Space Gateway is a bad idea. As well as that, Lyn talks about the worst Christmas present […]


London Calling

03Dec17

Terry Virts talks about flying the Space Shuttle and the difference between launching on the Shuttle and the Soyuz.


Budget Airlines

31Oct17

Are airlines cutting too many corners to save money? If someone in my car hasn’t fastened their seatbelt, a light comes on and beeping starts that doesn’t stop until everyone is belted up. On the plane back from Iceland recently, I noticed that planes don’t have that light and beeper. Just before you take off, […]


Bloodhound Gang

27Oct17

The land speed record annoys me. The people who break the record, cheat by using a plane instead of a car. “Bloodhound” made its first public runs this week. It’s driven by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Andy Green. It’s powered by a jet engine from the Eurofighter-Typhoon. The wheels for the test runs are […]


boozyJet

16Aug17

The British can’t handle their drink. They get drunk any chance they can and even brag about it. They drink the most, when they’re on holiday. The first chance they get is at the airport. When I catch a flight early in the morning, I’m amazed at how packed the bar is. About 270m passengers […]


Like a “zombie apocalypse”. That’s how one Twitter user described scenes at London’s Stansted airport yesterday.  Reports today say it was chaotic and some passengers even fainted. It was all because an X-ray machine broke down. It took nearly four hours to fix it. Stansted is the fourth busiest airport in the UK and is […]


London Calling

18Apr17

In Episode 29 of my show for the USA, I talk about how the Soccer World Cup is coming to America, Canada and Mexico but should not be there at all; The Queen meeting her namesake in a zoo; How the National Trust upset Christians; The British tradition of doing a runner and the delights […]


stly  Airport security checks are a joke. Now there’s going to be a muslim laptop ban. When you fly to Britain from the mostly muslim countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, you’ll not be allowed to bring a laptop or tablet computer onto the plane with you. You’ll have to put […]


Crystal Balls

04Jan17

It’s that time of year again when people in the media make predictions. The only problem is, no one can predict the future. The proof is that nobody predicted what a mess 2016 would turn out to be. This hasn’t stopped “experts” in the media telling us what will happen in 2017. The masters of […]


It was so nice to catch up with TALKERS magazine publisher Michael Harrison on his excellent podcast, Up Close And Far Out. We had an in-depth discussion about the election of Donald Trump and the UK’s recent public vote approving Brexit. We compared notes on American and English points-of-view regarding the surprising state of world […]


Mack Nuggets

31Aug16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately… A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; Inappropriate laughter; If it’s got boobs or wheels, it’ll give you problems; Oversharing; Why Nancy won’t go back to London; 20 years since Oasis played Knebworth; Why the Daily Mail is great; Show us your […]


Bum Note

18Aug16

Is there a problem with the world’s largest aircraft? This week, the Airlander 10 took to the skies above Bedfordshire for its maiden voyage. The airship has been nicknamed “The Flying Bum” because of its bulbous exterior. It uses helium to become airborne and can stay in the air for about five days. That’s the […]


When my laptop died a couple of years ago, I lost loads of important stuff. It was a wake-up call, now I don’t store ANYTHING on any of my computers. I only ever save stuff to Google Drive, the cloud storage system. Next time any of my computers crash or is destroyed, at home or […]


Ship Mate?

13Mar16

When we don’t know what’s going on, we make up a story. As a child the story we tell is much more innocent. Walking along Liverpool’s waterfront this morning, I was reminded of the day the aircraft carrier, HMS Eagle was in town. It was early 1970, I was five. My dad took me to […]


I thought I had no real connection to John Lennon until now… For most of the 80s and 90s I lived in Australia and New Zealand and used to impress the locals with the fact that I was born in the same hospital as John Lennon. I was the frontman in a 60s cover band […]